Sandunika Hasangani

| Research Fellow

Social Media; Netnography; Political Economy of the Indian Ocean
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Sandunika joined LKI in October 2019.

She received her initial degree in International Relations from the University of Colombo, and from 2014 to 2019 she was a Japanese Government (MEXT) scholar at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, where she earned both her master’s and doctorate in International Cooperation Studies, and Area and International Studies, respectively. Her doctoral thesis focused on the virtual (and visual) construction of ethnic identities in Sri Lanka.

In 2015, Sandunika received the Eisaku Sato Award of excellence from the United Nations University for one of her research papers, and in 2019 she received the Linda Grove Prize from the Association of Asian Studies, Japan, for her doctoral research.

While her primary research focus is on human behaviours and identity construction on social media, and social data science, she also works on the political economy of the Indian Ocean at LKI.

Prior to her appointment at LKI, Sandunika held university-level teaching responsibilities, both in Colombo and Tokyo. She was also a project coordinator at Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center, Japan. In addition to her academic work, Sandunika is a published creative writer.

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